A database is an organized, searchable collection of online information. Library databases can contain anything from articles, e-books, videos, newspapers, book reviews, and reference materials. The library databases are free to current UMW students and faculty.
If you use the databases from off-campus or in the dormitories, you will be asked to sign-in. Use your UMW NetID and password to pass this required screen. If you have any trouble getting access, please contact us.
In the First-Year Seminar (FSEM) classes, we focus a lot on using Quest. It's like Google for the library. Use Quest to search the library's physical collection and the contents of most of the library's electronic databases.
You can also search individual databases one-at-a-time, which helps you focus on particular subjects. (For example, if you're trying to find articles about a business topic, you could use our Business databases.)
Important Quest Facts: